Joshua, Hearn Stand Firm: Wilder Fight Must Be in The UK

IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (21-0, 20 KOs), and his promoter Eddie Hearn, are standing firm with their position that a unification with WBC champion Deontay Wilder (40-0, 39 KOs) takes place on UK soil.

The three venues being targeted by Hearn include Wembley Stadium, Twickenham Stadium and the Olympic Stadium.

Joshua and his handlers recently sent over a guaranteed offer of $50 million to persuade Joshua to take the fight in the United States.


While Joshua was initially skeptical of the high offer, Hearn confirmed that it's legitimate and the money is there.

Even with $50 million on the table, Joshua is willing to make less money in order to face Wilder in the UK.

If Wilder wins, then Joshua is willing to make the rematch in the United States.

"It's the general opinion of myself, AJ and Rob McCracken [Joshua's trainer] that because of the status of AJ in the fight and what we've built over here in the U.K. that we should try and get it over here because he has earned the right for that fight over here," Hearn told Nick Parkinson.

"If Wilder wins, the rematch can be over there in America. We are going back and forth with talks at the moment and I'm confident we can make that fight. AJ appreciates he might not make as much money by fighting in the U.K. but realises that Wilder should be coming to the U.K. to fight first."

Joshua has grown accustomed to having massive crowds at his events, which recently range from 76-90,000 fans packing a stadium.

He doesn't like the idea of having his biggest fight before a watered down crowd of British fans.

"AJ asked me how many British fans could get tickets if the fight was in America and could get over and I said about 6,000 and that's after we have done 250,000 in three fights and it doesn't seem right," Hearn said.

"He's keen to do the fight in the U.K. and from Rob's point of view it's an advantage. If it's in September it gives us the ability to go outside and we would have to consider Cardiff [the Principality Stadium], Wembley, the Olympic Stadium, Twickenham and Old Trafford. AJ wants it in London preferably."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by juggernaut666 on 05-27-2018

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;18808656]All that and still not the host with the most. His team can pay $40m for both total.[/QUOTE] Wilder makes 1.4 Million on average . WITHOUT Joshua name attached to Wilder , team Wilder isnt paying anyone 40 Million…

Comment by IMDAZED on 05-27-2018

[QUOTE=The plunger man;18808515]Joshua stats 250k ticket sales on last 3 fights 1.8 million ppv sells each against klitchcko and parker 4 world titles $20 million per fight Wilder stats 24k ticket sales on last 3 fights Never sold ppv 1…

Comment by Froch_uppercut on 05-27-2018

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;18805986]They offered Wilder a measly $12.5 million to go to the UK. Joshua was offered $50 million to go to the U.S.. It's fairly obvious which side really wants the fight and which side keeps trying to torpedo it.[/QUOTE] I…

Comment by The plunger man on 05-27-2018

[QUOTE=IMDAZED;18808488]But not the host with the most[/QUOTE] Joshua stats 250k ticket sales on last 3 fights 1.8 million ppv sells each against klitchcko and parker 4 world titles $20 million per fight Wilder stats 24k ticket sales on last 3…

Comment by IMDAZED on 05-27-2018

[QUOTE=The plunger man;18808269]As i said not worth the risk of getting robbed in the land of snakes and corruption. Joshua is the A-side and the A-decides where the fight takes place. Simple as that[/QUOTE] But not the host with the…

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